It’s an all-Florida day on Sunday afternoon, as we cover Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, and Tampa Bay Downs further north in Tampa. Aqueduct Racetrack and Gulfstream Park have one $100,000 stakes race each. I’m not interested in any of the stakes races, but TheSportsGeek does have a few selections at Gulfstream Park if you are looking for more horse racing picks on Sunday.
It was a fairly successful day yesterday at Aqueduct Racetrack and Fair Grounds. Certainly it could have been better, but will gladly take the 2-1 day at Fair Grounds, and a Daily Double win at Aqueduct Racetrack. If you were following along with the basketball picks, then you went 4-0 on the hardwood as well.
Tampa Bay Downs has nine races scheduled for Sunday, with eight events on the dirt and one on the turf. A total of $135,300 in prize money is available for this card. Head below for our free Tampa Bay Downs picks for February 14, 2021.
Post Time: 12:46 p.m. EST
We will jump into Race 2 at Tampa Bay Downs for our first selection. Nothins Free and R Next Roll should run good races in this event. Nothins Free is 5 for 44 in her career, with her most recent win on December 6, 2019. That was 13 races ago for Nothins Free. In any case, her recent form has been pretty strong with two outings showing 3rd.
She showed 3rd on January 8 in her first race of 2021 in a $11,300 assignment. Nothins Free followed up for a similar performance in a $12,200 race on February 3. That was slightly tougher and Nothin Free held in there well. Nothins Free should be thereabout in the stretch in Race 2. I wouldn’t discount her from putting together a strong performance and coming close again.
R Next Roll got on the right page in her most recent appearance on May 9, 2020. She went on a lengthy layoff following a win and will reappear on Sunday. R Next Roll defeated Celestial Orb by 3 ¼ lengths in a $10,000 event. She won that after sliding down in class following some stakes experiences.
Despite the layoff, R Next Roll has been in nice form in workouts. She completed 4 furlongs in 48.10 and 48.70 seconds in prep work for Sunday. If it translates to raceday on Sunday, then R Next Roll shouldn’t face too many problems overcoming this field.
Post Time: 1:15 p.m. EST
Race 3 is a $12,200 event on the main track covering 5 furlongs. Eight horses are expected to participate, with Gold Wing and Legacy Azteca likely going to run well in this race. Gold Wing is a veteran with 5 wins in 54 attempts. Not the best strike rate, but he’s been in better form recently. Gold Wing placed 2nd behind Mission Driven by a half length in a $13,000 event on October 6.
That’s the best we’ve seen from Gold Wing in a while, and she was able to follow up with another pretty nice run on January 13. Gold Wing showed 3rd in a $11,200 outing to get into the money again. I’m not so sure he is going to the winner’s circle, but should run close with a chance to pick up the pieces if Legacy Azteca falters.
Legacy Azteca is 9 for 47 in his career, finishing 5th, 4th, 3rd, 6th in his previous four trips on the track. He steps down in class today after struggling to get into the money consistently. Legacy Azteca showed 3rd on January 1 in a $17,350 event, but came back most recently to finish 6th on January 27 in another $17,350 race. Falling all the way to a $12,200 race should help nicely. I am on Legacy Azteca to clear and win in the stretch.
Post Time: 2:14 p.m. EST
We will head to Race 5 for our next selection at Tampa Bay Downs. This is a 6-furlong event for a $20,700 purse. There are six horses scheduled to participate in the race. Gone to Cabo and Fan Fan should run well in this event. Gone to Cabo is a winner in one of three races in her career. She won on December 13 in a $23,000 event and that was a nice effort.
Gone to Cabo defeated I’m a Coco Pebbles in a blowout by 8 ¼ lengths. That was impressive, but she was unable to follow up and showed 3rd in her most recent outing on January 2 in the $75,000 Glitter Woman Stakes. That was tougher than what Gone to Cabo experienced in the win, and will be tougher than she’s going to experience on Sunday.
You can’t count Gone to Cabo out of this race. She is certainly worth some attention. Fan Fan is likely going to be her biggest foe in this contest. She split the first two races of her career. Fan Fan placed 2nd behind Insightful by 1 ¾ lengths in a $13,350 assignment. It wasn’t a bad effort, but she was open to improvement.
In her next outing, Fan Fan picked up the win over Grimhilde by 9 ¼ lengths in a blowout for a $14,350 event. That was much too easy for Fan Fan, but if that’s the same form she is going to bring to Sunday afternoon, then expect Fan Fan to be right there. Based on that improvement, and the chance to continue to improve on Sunday, she looks like a solid bet.